Fri., January 13, 2012 10:00am (EST)

Deal: State Negotiating Megaproject
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Deal said state officials are in the final stages of negotiating what he called the biggest business deal since automaker Kia opened a plant in West Point. But he declined to offer more specifics. (Photo Courtesy of Governor’s Office.)
Deal said state officials are in the final stages of negotiating what he called the biggest business deal since automaker Kia opened a plant in West Point. But he declined to offer more specifics. (Photo Courtesy of Governor’s Office.)
Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday the state is very close to a landing a deal that could bring what he described as Georgia's largest business project since automaker Kia opened a massive plant in West Point.

Deal said state officials are in the final stages of negotiating, but he declined to offer more specifics.

Deal made the comments during a meeting of Georgia newspaper publishers and executives.

He said Georgia's open records law could jeopardize such projects because he believes it puts the state at a disadvantage.

He said other states keep more details of economic development negotiations under wraps, giving them an edge as they compete with Georgia for new businesses. Those details include incentives offered to companies, such as tax breaks.